Well my experiment with the New Balance Minimus has come to a sad conclusion. Let me start off by saying that the NB's felt like slippers. They are so comfortable, and I will continue to wear them when I go walking. However being that I run at Gilbert, which is very rocky and technical in nature; coupled with my size and running style, my feet were consistently bruised and sore. So I went on the hunt for some new shoes.
Final thoughts: Love the Quicklace One-Pull lacing system, and the pocketed tongue to hide while running. Lets you really ratchet them down and can quickly tighten if need be. The mesh breathes well, which is great cause I most definitely do not avoid puddles! And finally for someone like me that stubs my toe ALOT, the Toe Cap and Mud Guard is a "toe" saver.
All and All I give the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 a well deserved: A.
Take care and Be Well ~ Sank